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Dermot O'Leary: I might quit X Factor

By Sherna Noah

Dermot O'Leary has cast doubt on his X Factor future - saying that he might not return as host this year.

O'Leary took over in 2007, after Kate Thornton was axed by Simon Cowell. But now he could be tempted by a new challenge.

Asked whether he had signed up for the next series, he told Radio Times: "Not yet. Usually we talk in about mid-February.

"Of course I love doing it, and it's a huge part of my life, but it's eight years now. I haven't made up my mind yet. If a new challenge came up that meant I couldn't do both, then... But while I'm still enjoying it, I want to carry on doing it."

O'Leary blamed the X Factor's falling viewing figures on the length of the ITV show, last year won by Ben Haenow.

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